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Thunderbird has been one of the top-ranked international management schools for decades. With more than 70 years of experience, Thunderbird continues to produce leaders capable of tackling the world’s greatest challenges. As the world continues innovating and the technology changes of the 4th Industrial Revolution alter the way we live and work, Thunderbird is developing nimble, ethical, global leaders who are equipped to craft sustainable businesses, economies, cultures and environments around the world for the 21st century.
On April 8, 1946, Thunderbird School of Global Management (originally known as the American Institute for Foreign Trade [AIFT]) was chartered on the Glendale, Ariz. World War II airbase, Thunderbird Field, where pilots from around the world came for training during wartime. General Barton Kyle Yount obtained the airfield with the express purpose of developing a school focused exclusively on international trade and global relations. General Yount was named Thunderbird’s first president, and established a vision for the school that remains today—built on the phrase coined by original faculty member Dr. William Lytle Schurz, “Borders frequented by trade seldom need soldiers.” With that, Thunderbird’s mission to “educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide” was born.
Graduates join a worldwide alumni network of 45,000 leaders across 170 alumni chapters.
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Thunderbird application deadlines are rolling and dependent on a students' preferred intake like Fall or Spring.